Telfair Square

One of Savannah’s first city squares, this downtown destination is known for its shaded lawns, walking paths and monuments, including one that honors Girl Scouts.

Telfair Square is a beautiful city square in downtown Savannah. Stop at the modern art museum and historic mansion filled with decorative arts that overlook the square. Telfair Square is a great place to picnic or relax when visiting some of Savannah’s cultural attractions. This square is one of the oldest and most popular in downtown Savannah.

In the southeastern corner of the square, visit the cement monument dedicated to the Girl Scouts of the USA. Juliette Gordon Low founded this organization in Savannah in the early 20th century. Another cement monument, in the northeast corner, depicts a chambered nautilus, a kind of mollusk.

Discover the Telfair Academy on the western border of Telfair Square. This spectacular neoclassical-style mansion was built in the early 19th century. Explore two 19th-century period rooms with American and European art. The museum’s permanent collection includes works on paper, decorative arts, sculpture and paintings.

On the southern side of the square is the Jepson Center for the Arts. This stunning museum features artworks from influential contemporary artists. Discover a 3,500-square-foot (325-square-meter) interactive gallery for adults and children. See artworks by key modern artists, including Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons and Frank Stella.

Walk to River Street from Telfair Square in about 10 minutes. This riverside street features some of Savannah’s best restaurants in converted 19th-century warehouses. Enjoy the city’s freshest seafood and southern-style cooking or shop for rare books, fashionable clothing, handmade candy and souvenirs. River Street also features a unique store selling Civil War era artifacts.

Telfair Square is located in historic downtown Savannah near Savannah River. Use meter-operated parking on the surrounding streets when visiting this attractive square and the Telfair Museums sites.